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Ilsa Matthes | Daily Press
Det. Sgt. Jean Belanger of the Michigan State Police responds to questions from Defense Attorney Karen Groenhout about the arrest of Gregory Ihander, who is accused of murdering Jolene Eichhorn.

Jury begins deliberation in murder trial

MENOMINEE — After hearing testimony and closing statements, jurors in a two-week Menominee County murder trial began deliberating Wednesday afternoon to decide if Gregory Scott Ihander was guilty of murdering 43-year-old Jolene Eichhorn in 2015. Court proceedings Wednesday started with ...

Ihander found guilty of murder

MENOMINEE — After two weeks of testimony, a jury convicted Gregory Scott Ihander of second degree murder in Menominee County Circuit Court Thursday. Ihander will be sentenced on April 13 for the murder of 43-year-old Jolene Eichhorn. Eichhorn’s body was found in the trunk of her car at the ...

Esky city manager finalists named

ESCANABA — The search for the next Escanaba city manager is down to three people. Fifty-one candidates applied for the Escanaba city manager position and three finalists have been selected for interviews. The city is seeking to replace long-time City Manager Jim O’Toole, who will be ...

Escanaba reviews audit report

ESCANABA — Members of the Escanaba City Council reviewed the city’s audit results for its 2015-16 fiscal year during a work session held Wednesday morning. Audit Manager Michael Sparling, a CPA with financial services firm Rehmann, said the city’s audit for the 2015-16 fiscal year was ...

Special Olympics basketball tournament starts Friday

ESCANABA — The 2017 Special Olympics Michigan District Basketball Tournament will begin Friday, Feb. 24, and continue through Saturday at Escanaba High School, according to organizers of the event. Dorothy Kollmann, Special Olympics chairperson for the Escanaba Noon Kiwanis Club, said ...

US, Mexico at odds over deportation

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. There is no shortage of tension ...

Income tax cut defeated in Republican-led State House

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-controlled Michigan House early Thursday failed to approve an income tax cut, rejecting the plan after a lengthy session and the unsuccessful cajoling of some resistant members of the majority. The legislation would lower the 4.25 percent tax to 4.05 percent by ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Murder suspect Gregory Scott Ihander, at left, and his attorneys Karen Groenhout and Alex Sieminski listen in court Tuesday to the undercover audio recording of Ihander’s initial interview with police on Sept. 9, 2015, after Jolene Eichhorn’s body was found in Menominee County.

Attorney questions murder probe

MENOMINEE — Police procedure during the 2015 arrest of murder suspect Gregory Scott Ihander was questioned by his attorney Tuesday when she cross-examined the lead detective who investigated the death of 43-year-old Jolene Eichhorn. Eichhorn’s body was found in her car trunk on Sept. 9, ...

County looks at options for funding jail

ESCANABA — As planning for Delta County’s new jail project continues, County Administrator Ryan Bergman gave the Delta County Board of Commissioners a review of the funding options for the project during the board’s regular meeting Tuesday. There are essentially two approaches the ...

House GOP scales back income tax cut plan, waits to vote

LANSING (AP) — Michigan House Republicans on Tuesday significantly revised their income tax cut plan, proposing to drop the 4.25 percent rate to 3.9 percent over four years and no longer calling for the tax to be phased out entirely over decades. Legislation that cleared a committee last ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press
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Local first responders simulate an ice rescue during Delta County Search and Rescue ice rescue training course last weekend at Saunders Point in Gladstone. During the two-day training, responders from Ensign Fire Department, Gladstone Public Safety, and Masonville Emergency Medical Services (EMS) learned various ice rescue techniques, said Delta County Search and Rescue Director Mark Markovich.

Ice training helps first responders save lives

GLADSTONE — The Delta County Search and Rescue team (SAR) held an ice training rescue course last week at Saunders Point in Gladstone, which certified three new rescuers and re-certified 17. Those involved in the training are local first responders including members from the Ensign Fire ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
During a break in the murder trial of Gregory S. Ihander in Menominee County Circuit Court on Monday, Prosecutor William Merkel, pictured at right, converses with Defense Attorney Karen Groenhout and her assistant, Attorney Alex Sieminski.

Friends of suspect, victim testify

MENOMINEE — Family and friends of murder suspect Gregory S. Ihander and victim Jolene Eichhorn took the stand Monday providing the Menominee County jury with testimony about the men in Eichhorn’s life prior to her death in 2015. Richard Hood, Eichhorn’s ex-boyfriend of 14 years, ...

Ihander’s movements, demeanor revealed

MENOMINEE — Relatives of Gregory S. Ihander — who is currently on trial for the 2015 murder of Jolene Eichhorn, 43, of Carney — testified Monday about Ihander’s whereabouts and demeanor during the days prior to the victim’s body being found in her car. Ihander, 49, of Menominee ...

Gladstone looks at ideas for north shore

GLADSTONE — Concerned residents and community stakeholders were at the American Legion in Gladstone Monday to discuss the future of Gladstone’s north shore. They shared their vision for the property with planners and educators connected with Michigan State University’s Sustainable Built ...

Jordan Beck | Daily Press
Cedar Springs resident Joe Heller heads out on the ice from the Kipling Boat Access Site on a snowmobile Friday. According to Delta County Sheriff’s Department deputies, anglers should always be aware of current ice conditions.

Deputies urge caution on ice after warm spell

ESCANABA — The second half of February has already brought some unseasonably warm weather to the Upper Peninsula. Delta County Sheriff’s Department officials said local ice anglers should be able to stay safe on the ice if they take some simple precautions. Using caution and always being ...

Kulbertis optimistic about state’s education funding

ESCANABA — Budget season has begun in Michigan, and Gladstone Superintendent Jay Kulbertis shared his thoughts and concerns regarding the Michigan Legislature during the Gladstone Area Schools Board of Education’s regular meeting Monday. “Our Legislature’s back in session, and it’s ...

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Murder trial enters second week

MENOMINEE — The trial of Gregory S. Ihander — accused of murdering Jolene Eichhorn in Menominee Township in 2015 — continues today with more witness testimony. The two-week trial began a week ago in Menominee County Circuit Court. According to police testimony, Eichhorn’s body was ...

50th CBC fund drive underway

MANISTIQUE — For decades, people and businesses in the Manistique area have supported the CBC each year. In 2017, the non-profit organization will observe a milestone — its 50th annual fund drive. First Chair for the 2017 CBC Jim Weber said the CBC Fund Drive typically raises about ...

Jordan Beck | Daily Press
Bay College TRIO tutor David Bawol, center, helps sophomore John Miller, left, and freshman Justine Marenger study intermediate algebra in the Bay College Hub Tuesday. Bay College President Laura Coleman said the recent completion of this facility may have helped to boost student retainment rates in the winter 2017 semester.

Coleman: Bay College shows healthy winter enrollment

ESCANABA — Bay College’s Winter 2017 semester began last month, and Bay College President Laura Coleman said it looks to be a healthy one for the school in terms of enrollment. While student head count is down slightly from the Winter 2016 semester, the college’s total contact hours and ...

More funds for at-risk children

LANSING (AP) — Faced with discouraging test scores, Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing a shift so much more state money is spent on academically at-risk students and less goes toward educating private students and those attending online charter schools. He also wants to continue closing the gap ...